CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will perform at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona tomorrow night as part of their trek with Danzig which began on April 17. The short tour allows the trio a momentary break from work on the follow-up to 2012’s self-titled album. The dates with Danzig follow the band’s recent festival appearance in Santiago, Chile; the band playing The Metal Fest alongside Down, Twisted Sister, Devin Townsend Project and others.
Vocalist/bassist Mike Dean comments, “We took time out from writing and recording to play Chile for the first time. We had a blast hanging out with Down. Of course Pepper [Keenan] played a couple of songs with us and I got to listen to Jimmy Bower and Pat Bruders sing Eagles songs for the entire flight back to the states. We picked up some rented gear in Los Angeles and drove through the desert to start the Danzig tour in Las Vegas. Things have been rolling since then and it has been really good travels. Denver and Albuquerque were particularly awesome. Austin was great too.”
The band’s current set includes a mix of new and old songs, including “Deliverance,” “Priest Brains,” “Strong Medicine Too Late,” “Holier,” “Mad World,” “Hungry Child,” “Technocracy,” plus “Psychic Vampire,” “Your Tomorrow,” and “The Moneychangers” from their 2012 self-titled album. It merely taps the creative output of the legacy band that originally formed in 1982.
On the conclusion of the tour, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, consisting of guitarist Woody Weatherman, drummer Reed Mullin, with Dean, will return to the rehearsal room to pick up on the remaining songwriting and album work before hitting the recording studio. Dean confirms, “We have a lot of lyric writing to refine but a lot of solid musical arrangements in place. We plan to begin basic tracking for half the songs as soon as we return to North Carolina.”
Continuing he notes, “During the recording of the Megalodon EP (Scion A/V 2012), we settled into a good style of collaboration with our long-time producer John Custer. The band, and myself in particular, get our hands dirty in creating the recording and this next round will be a continuation of that method. We actually can’t wait to get back to work on the new songs.”
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY released their self-titled album via Candlelight Records to high praise late February 2012. It was the first new material by the North Carolina trio since 2005. “Corrosion of Conformity is what you want out of a comeback record: not just a reclaimation of lost vigor but a meaningful update on a vintage sound,” said Pitchfork. “The celebrated Animosity line-up displays a command of style far beyond anything their 1985 selves could have imagined, often shuffling genre elements so quickly and smoothly that venerable tropes seem newly hatched,” added Decibel. The album debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 chart at position 157 and impacted CMJ’s Loud Rock chart at position 8 on its debut week, working its way up to the top spot. It remained on the magazine’s popular radio chart Top 10 for eight weeks.
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is a confirmed performer at the upcoming Scion Rock Fest slated for June 1st. This year’s fest will include 32 artists performing at four separate venues around downtown Memphis. Entry to the event is free but interested parties must RSVP to obtain tickets. Visit www.scionav.com/rock for further details. You can follow the fest via Twitter at #scionrockfest. The band will also perform at Gwar’s 4th Annual BBQ slated for August 17th at Hadad’s Water Park in Richmond, Virginia.
To download the Scion A/V EP Megalodon go HERE. A physical version of the record is available for free with all orders placed to the band’s official merchandise store HERE (EP available while supplies last).